- a mantric word thought to be a complete expression of Brahman and interpreted as having three sounds representing Brahma or creation, Vishnu or preservation, and Siva or destruction, or as consisting of the same three sounds, representing waking, dreams, and deep sleep, along with the following silence, which is fulfillment.
Origin of Om
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1780–90
- Order of Merit.
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Examples from the Web for om
And “om nom nom nom” is more of a dig at Cookie Monster and Instagram foodies than it is at anyone else.
Other notable candidates include “bae,” “om nom nom nom,” “turnt,” and “basic.”
For, by the 12 e vij, as om is to ma: so is el to la: And as ma is to mu; so is la, to li.The Way To Geometry
And when he felt the wound burning, he silently spoke the Om, filled himself with Om.Siddhartha
But Oma and Om peered out curiously from the mouth of the cave.
When the men were seated, Oma and Om came out and sat near by.
Wang turned and looked at Oma and Om and gave a grunt of surprise.
- Hinduism a sacred syllable typifying the three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, who are concerned in the threefold operation of integration, maintenance, and disintegration
- Oman (international car registration)
- Order of Merit (a Brit title)
- currency (the former) Ostmark
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Word Origin and History for om
mystical word in Hinduism, Buddhism; an utterance of assent, 1788.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper